Canto 11: General HistoryChapter 25: The Three Modes of Nature and Beyond

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 11.25.32

etāḥ saḿsṛtayaḥ puḿso


yeneme nirjitāḥ saumya

guṇā jīvena citta-jāḥ

bhakti-yogena man-niṣṭho

mad-bhāvāya prapadyate


etāḥ — these; saḿsṛtayaḥ — created aspects of existence; puḿsaḥ — of a living being; guṇa — with the material qualities; karma — and work; nibandhanāḥ — connected; yena — by whom; ime — these; nirjitāḥare conquered; saumyaO gentle Uddhava; guṇāḥ — the modes of nature; jīvena — by a living entity; citta-jāḥ — which are manifested from the mind; bhakti-yogena — through the process of devotional service; mat-niṣṭhaḥ — dedicated to Me; mat-bhāvāya — of love for Me; prapadyate — receives the qualification.


O gentle Uddhava, all these different phases of conditioned life arise from work born of the modes of material nature. The living entity who conquers these modes, manifested from the mind, can dedicate himself to Me by the process of devotional service and thus attain pure love for Me.


The words mad-bhāvāya prapadyate indicate the attainment of love for God or of the same state of existence as that of the Supreme Lord. Actual liberation is residence within the eternal kingdom of God, where life is full of bliss and knowledge. The conditioned soul falsely imagines himself to be the enjoyer of the modes of nature, and thus a particular type of material work is generated, the reaction of which binds the conditioned soul to repeated birth and death. This fruitless process can be counteracted by loving service to the Lord, as described here.

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